Learn how to synchronize all your data between Macs, or with mobile phones, PDAs, and iPods!

Take Control of
Syncing in Tiger

Michael Cohen

Frustrated in your attempts to synchronize data between Macs, or with an iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV? What about mobile phones and PDAs? Synchronization expert Michael E. Cohen shows you what you need, explains Apple’s syncing model, and offers advice about what to do when things break. Covers the latest Apple gadgets!

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With clear directions and a humorous touch, Take Control of Syncing in Tiger walks you through tasks like syncing data with your iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV, syncing phone numbers between your Mac and mobile phone or PDA; syncing files between your desktop and laptop Macs; and sharing Safari bookmarks and keychains between Macs. You’ll learn what gear you need and the best ways to move your data between devices, whether your syncing software is built in to Tiger, works through .Mac, or comes from an independent Mac developer.

Is this ebook up-to-date? Excellent question. If you’d like to read a history lesson about how syncing worked at one time in 10.4 Tiger, both conceptually and specifically, you should buy this ebook. The conceptual information is probably somewhat accurate now (in 2012) and will remain so going forward, but nearly all of the specific details are obsolete.

The book also explains how Apple’s syncing model works under the hood, and when things don’t work as expected, you’ll appreciate its practical troubleshooting advice.

Includes a coupon worth 50% off any syncing utility from PocketMac!

Read this book to learn the answers to questions such as:

  • How does iTunes determine whether a file is a movie or a TV show?
  • How does the Apple TV figure out how many photos to sync?
  • What can I expect when I sync data to and from my iPhone?
  • Can I sync Address Book with my mobile phone?
  • How does one best sync with a Palm these days?
  • Is .Mac a good way to sync files between Macs?
  • How can I most easily sync networked Macs?
  • What should I look for if my sync doesn’t work the way I expect?

I was amazed that your book pointed me to the solution for my problem within 5 minutes of purchasing it. The $10 price was more than worth the money and made me give you this full endorsement for a "Job Well Done"! -Michael Clarke

Michael Cohen

About Michael Cohen

Michael E. Cohen has taught English composition, worked as a programmer for NASA’s Deep Space Network, helped develop the first commercial ebooks at the Voyager Company, and co-founded a major university’s Humanities computing center. He has authored several books, including Take Control of PDFpen 10, Take Control of Pages, Take Control of iBooks Author, and Take Control of TextExpander.

How do I find the PocketMac coupon?

After you download and unzip your ebook, open it in a PDF reader (typically Apple's Preview or Adobe Reader). You'll find the coupon on the second-to-last page.

Has this ebook been updated for Leopard or for anything that happened in 2008?

This ebook was last updated in July 2007. As such, it neither covers Leopard nor MobileMe-based syncing with Tiger. Given the demand for ebooks about Tiger, it is unlikely that we will ever update this ebook to include those (or any) new topics. However, you may instead wish to purchase Take Control of Syncing Data in Leopard.

Does this book cover syncing to the iPhone and the Apple TV?

Absolutely! And if you have an earlier version, the update to version 1.2 is free; just click the Check for Updates button in your copy to access the free update.

Will this book help me sync a handheld PDA with a Macintosh computer and a Windows PC?

Well... not so much... Someone recently wrote in with a question about this - here's the question and Michael's answer:

Question: I'd like to synchronize my Palm TX with my many Macs running OS X, and my work PC running Windows XP. I already do this, but would like to use iSync/iCal/Address Book instead of the moribund Palm Desktop on the Mac. Does this book talk about the pros and cons of this approach?

Answer: Generally speaking, you should not sync a handheld device (mobile phone, Palm, etc.) with more than one computer. Syncing with more than one computer vastly increases the possibility of sync conflicts between all the devices involved, and can increase the chances of data corruption as well. Apple includes this warning in its iSync help: "IMPORTANT: You should sync your phone with only one computer. If you sync your devices with more than one computer, your information may not sync correctly (you could see duplicates or wrong information)."

Things can only get even more confused if you sync a single Palm device between both a Mac OS computer and a Windows XP computer, which have rather different ways of syncing information.

The book does not talk about syncing handheld devices with Windows (the title, is, after all, Take Control of Syncing in Tiger). It does discuss the differences between syncing structured information (calendars, contact lists, etc.) and syncing files (images, songs, documents), and it does discuss third-party syncing applications such as Missing Sync, but it does this in the context of the Sync Services underpinnings that Mac OS X 10.4 provides.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start
  • A Briefing on Syncing
  • What You Can Sync
  • Connect Your Gear
  • Sync an Apple Device with iTunes
  • Sync a Handheld Device with iSync
  • Sync Another Mac with .Mac
  • The Conflict Resolver
  • Sync with Third-Party Software
  • Lost in Translation
  • Synchronize Yourself
  • Appendix A: A Shot at Troubleshooting
  • October 2009 -- This ebook was last updated in July 2007 and has since been replaced by editions about newer versions of Mac OS X.

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